OLEAN – After conceding an early goal, Olean’s boys’ football team scored three unanswered goals to eliminate Lake Shore 3-1 in a Section 6, Class B1 first round playoff game, Tuesday afternoon.
Anthony Ford of Lake Shore jumped over the Huskies in the 19th minute, putting pressure on Olean near the halfway line and scoring a goal with an assist.
“Honestly he just took the pressure we had at the start and scored and when that happened we knew we had to flip the switch and start,” said Oléan coach Jim Charles.
Thomas Bates got the first answer for Olean, scoring on a Quintin Allen feed in the 30th minute. After halftime, Allen found his rhythm scoring in the 64th and 73rd minutes thanks to assists from Al Linderman, his eighth and ninth of the year at the top of the team.
Josh Gardiner held the net, racking up two saves for the Huskies (8-8-1) while Noah Mruk made nine for the number 9 of Lake Shore (5-10-1).
“We started to really dominate possession after the first goal and got back into the game with all the angels,” said Charles. “I’m really proud of the way the guys played.
The Huskies’ victory put them in the face of seeded East Aurora on Thursday, but Charles and his team remain prepared, knowing ahead of time that it would be a necessary hurdle they would have to overcome to have any chance of win the championship.
“I guess if you want to be the best you have to beat the best,” Charles said. “It’s a clash we knew it would potentially end with and we will play our best no matter who the opponent is.”
Royalton-Hartland 9, Salamanca / Cattaraugus-LV 0
MIDDLEPORT – The Landen Guild scored a hat-trick to give Royalton-Hartland a decisive victory in the first round.
Peter Martillotta scored two goals and had two assists, Elijah Giroux had two goals and had one assist, Jayden Swygert had one goal and one assist and Remington Albee had a goal for the third RH (11-5).
Additionally, Christian Lates distributed two assists and Aidan Guild added another.
Fourteenth seeded Salamanca / C-LV finished the season 0-16.
Hammondsport def. Friendship
HAMMONDSPORT – Hammondsport will move forward after a no-match was declared over the need to quarantine Friendship for COVID-related reasons.
Eighth-seeded Hammondsport will face No.1 Hinsdale in the quarterfinals on Friday. Friendship season ends at 1-15.